Lori Jean Manley

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Lori Jean Manley, 55, of Waco, TX, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, October 28, 2023, at her residence.

Visitation: 6 – 8PM Thursday, November 2 at Lake Shore Funeral Home
Funeral Service: 10AM Friday, November 3 at Lake Shore Funeral Home. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Riesel, Texas.

Lori was born October 1, 1968, in Waco, TX to Douglas Gene Wells and Betty Jeane Wells of Riesel, TX. Lori graduated from Riesel high school in 1987. She was active in the drill team, drama, band, and choir. Lori married her high school sweetheart, Kevin Manley, June 20, 1987.

Lori attended McLennan Community College where she studied music. She later attended Business College in Waco, TX where she went on to work for the Methodist Children’s Home/ Boy’s Ranch as senior secretary for 10 years.

When Lori gave birth to her twins in 2000, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom, where she would later home school both of her children from kindergarten through twelfth grade; which she considered to be one of her greatest accomplishments.

Lori was a member of Parkview Baptist Church where she was very active in the choir and as a soloist; she also taught children’s Sunday school and was a Deacon’s wife.

Lori was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Ronald Fredrick Manley.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin Ron Manley of 36 years; son, Caleb Matthew Manley; daughter, Kristen Elaine Manley; parents, Douglas Gene and Betty Jeane Wells; brothers, Doug and Waylon Wells; sister-in-law, Carroll Wells; mother-in-law, Sandra Kay Manley; brother-in-law, Chris Manley and wife Maria; sister-in-law, Alisha and husband Brian Stahl; many nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. Kenneth & I want to express our deepest sympathy to Lori’s family. She was always very sweet person. We shared a love for singing in church. Please know that Kenneth & I are praying for ya’ll in this time of grief. I know Lori is singing with Jesus now in heaven!

  2. Dear Manleys it’s with a broken heart I type this message! I know lori was a wonderful wife and mother and I know you will really miss her tremdously! She was a great person who was always a joy to be around so loving and kind to all! Her smile lit up the room, I am so glad she was my friend and sister in Christ, and she will be missed by many! I am praying for the lord to keep you comforted at this time! Words seem so hard at this time, but if I can be of any help let me know Kevin! Call anytime! God bless and keep you close at this sorrowful time! I know he will, and now she is with the lord, no more suffering! Bless you and the kids so much,! Dwight mullins and family

  3. Charles Nelson aka mad dog

    Kevin, sorry for your loss.

  4. Dorothy Cook & William (Pepsi ) Cook

    Betty and Gene, our hearts are so saddened by the passing of your precious Daughter, Lori. Although we did not know her, we know she was a joy to her husband and children. A true friend to everyone she knew is a Blessing from God. We know Lori is with Jesus, her Savior, and no more pain or illness. You
    are all in our prayers for supernatural Peace and Comfort.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kevin and your family. I have loved and known Lori since she was very young as she was my niece, Sherry Busby’s best friend. I took Lori to Church at New Hope Baptist Church, along with Sherry and many other children. Lori always had a special place in my heart . Lori and Sherry would come and visit me and my parents, and always bring happiness and laughter to us. Sherry & Lori were both red heads and looked so much like sisters. I dearly loved being with those two lovely little girls. I was so happy when Lori and Sherry both ask Jesus to come into their hearts and save them. Lori was a wonderful Christian and always had that love for animals, her family and friends. I will never forget her happy spirit and her beautiful singing voice.

    Lori will be missed by all of us and this world will not be the same without her. I am a better person for having known Lori and for having the pleasure of contributing to her Christian Life.

    Lori is in Heaven with our Heavenly Father and singing with the Angels. Her and Sherry are together in Heaven and those two red heads are so happy and praising Our Lord Jesus.

    When my niece Sherry was on her death bed Lori talked to Sherry, who could only listen , Lori told her that she would see her in Heaven. Sherry heard what Lori was telling her . I could tell by the expression on her face. Lori showed her Christian love that she always showed to everyone.

    I miss her so much and wonder why a young person like Lori had to leave us but I know God was ready for her to come Home. Love and prayers to all of Lori’s family. RIP Lori !

  6. Sonia Bode Thew

    My most sincere condolences to you all. I remember Lori with great fondness and have some lovely memories from all those years ago in high school. She was a very special person whose memory has travelled with me around the world. I share memories (and the occasional photo) with my own children. May you take comfort in knowing she is with our Lord and Savior – although much sooner than any of us would have liked.

  7. Phyllis Wells Andalib/Aunt Phyllis

    I am so sorry you have to go through this unthinkable
    grief. I never was able to spend much time with Lori
    since I lived too far away, but I know she was always
    sweet. God must have needed her with him. I do believe God has a plan for us whether we understand it or not. I’m praying for you and your family during this unimaginable

  8. Annastasia Felkner

    I’m sorry to the family for the loss of such a wonderful woman. I hope she’s up there visiting with my mom, Sherry Busby, and any other loved ones departed.

  9. Caleb & Kristian, I am so sorry for your loss. It’s hard loosing a parent. You and your family are in my prayers. She is smiling down at you.

  10. Tracey (Hamn) Campbell

    My deepest condolences to all of Lori’s family & friends, and to everyone who knew and loved her. Lori & I first met many years ago when we were starting the 5th grade. She was a smart, funny, kindhearted, talented & beautiful person. Although we seldom got to visit during our adult years, I have always treasured the times that we did & the memories we shared. She will be missed by all.

  11. Margaret Engelke Taylor

    Lori was a beautiful person who was full of life, love and joy. It’s been years since I’ve seen her last, but she left a lasting impression on my life. My sincerest condolences to the entire family. I pray for you now, but especially in the coming days. May God wrap you in his comforting arms.

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